THIBODAUX – The Louisiana Center for Women and Government, headquartered at Nicholls State University, will honor Cherry Fisher May of Lafayette with its Blue Ribbon Award on Saturday, March 28, at a luncheon at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside.
With three decades in media and publishing management to her credit, May is co-publisher of The Independent Weekly of Lafayette. An alternative newspaper, The Independent relies on the formula that made May and her husband and co-publisher, Steve May, highly successful at their former newsweekly, The Times of Acadiana: hardnosed political reporting, intensely local business reporting, and sophisticated lifestyle and entertainment coverage that included the occasional fashion spread. The paper’s name reflects the independent nature of Acadiana residents and signals that its content is guided by local, independent management instead of a large media conglomerate. The Independent has won numerous awards from the Louisiana Press Association and the University of Missouri School of Journalism in its five years of existence.
The ceremony will also feature the hall of fame inductions of Rosemary Ewing of Quitman; Phyllis Mayo of Baton Rouge; Anne Milling of New Orleans; and LilyB Moskal of Lafayette. The Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Mildred Fossier, the first female director serving the City of New Orleans and political activist.
National political consultants and New Orleans residents Mary Matalin and James Carville are scheduled as keynote speakers.
Tickets to the awards ceremony are $50 each and include a coffee and cash bar at 10:30 a.m., followed by the noon luncheon and awards ceremony. For reservations, contact the center at (985) 448-4770.